Walking on the Ocean Floor

At the Bay of Fundy, the shape of the coastline dramatically increases tides resulting in the largest tidal range in the world. At Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, giant rocks are perched on the shore. The shifting of the earth’s crust ripped the layers of rock apart, glaciers carved into the cracks, and the sea continues to erode the base. According to MicMac legend, the rocks were created by great whales when they turned their runaway slaves to stone. These legends always seem to bring a place to life for me.

I made this image before sunrise. The trick to photographing here is to find a day when low tide is concurrent with sunrise since it faces eastward. At high tide you cannot get to the rocks unless you kayak or canoe.

Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
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This image is a blend of 4 exposures combined in Photomatix.

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23 Responses to “Walking on the Ocean Floor”

  1. Kris Koeller says:

    Beautiful shot. The lanscape looks amazing.
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  2. Beautiful! I guess it’s worth getting up for sunrise. ;)
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  3. Edith Levy says:

    Stunning image Anne.

  4. Stephen says:

    Great time of day.

  5. Wendy Anderson says:

    Walked there a number of times, sure makes you feel like your a part of a much bigger picture.
    lovely shot.

  6. Gorgeous, Anne, simple yet unusual and interesting, and the blend looks perfect and natural!
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  7. Russ Bishop says:

    This is beautiful Anne – really nice light and composition.

  8. Charlie says:

    Interesting subject :) Nice photo!
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  9. Charlie says:

    I forgot the composite looks so natural. Those are my favorite with Landscapes :) So cool :)
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  10. Dan Bailey says:

    Hey, I know that place- I’ve been there before!! I actually shot at that location a few years ago for Tourism New Brunswick.

    Great image, Anne. Love your framing, and you captured the light really well. One of your best that I’ve seen lately.
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  11. Anne McKinnell says:

    Thank you Alan, I appreciate it!

  12. Anne McKinnell says:

    Thanks Edith! I really appreciate your visits and comments.

  13. Anne McKinnell says:

    Yes … I just wish it was easier to get out of bed! Thanks for your visit Stephen.

  14. Anne McKinnell says:

    Hi Wendy, yes it does! Something about that huge tide makes mother nature’s power so apparent. Thank you very much for your visit and comments.

  15. Anne McKinnell says:

    Thanks Jackson! I have been trying to make my HDR images look as natural as possible. Sometimes I take it in the grungy direction, but I usually prefer the natural look.

  16. Anne McKinnell says:

    Much appreciated Russ, thanks!

  17. Anne McKinnell says:

    Thank you Charlie! It was a pretty cool place to visit.

  18. Anne McKinnell says:

    Thanks I appreciate that, the natural looking HDR is something I have been working on lately.

  19. Jane M says:

    Stunning pictures, so make me want to go and hols and leave this concrete jungle behind me

  20. Anne McKinnell says:

    Thank you Kris, it was an interesting place to visit, especially at low tide.

  21. Anne McKinnell says:

    Hi Christy! Yes, it definitely is worth it, I just wish sunrise would happen later. Well, I guess it does this time of year. Even when I have successes at sunrise, it doesn’t seem to make any easier to get up the next time. I’m always dragging myself out there, but when I get there I get excited about the scene.

  22. Anne McKinnell says:

    Hey Dan, thanks! That is so cool that you did an assignment for Tourism New Brunswick. How do I get a gig like that? Actually they commented on some of my posts. I should follow up with that shouldn’t I? Thanks for your visits and comments!

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